2017 Official Zozobra Artists

Every year, the hottest art contest in Santa Fe centers around that cranky giant with the enormous ego, Zozobra! The pleasure of creating a personal vision of Old Man Gloom is an even hotter thrill when the winning artists see their artwork on hundreds of collectible posters and T-shirts!

The Official 2017 Zozobra Poster and Official T-shirt Contest was open to artists of all ages, and the winning poster and T-shirt will be revealed at the City of Santa Fe Fourth of July Celebration at Santa Fe Place Mall! One additional artwork is chosen as the Official tickets poster.

And last year's poster sold out!


The 2017 Official Zozobra T-shirt was designed by David Di Janni!

Read about our Official T-shirt Artist:

Born and raised in Santa Fe, David Di Janni's interest in drawing and painting began at an early age. His passion for art and his creative personality lead him to pursue a career in Graphic Design.

David studied Fine Art at Fort Lewis College and later attended The Art Institute of Colorado where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design. After working for various design firms in the Denver area, David returned to his hometown of Santa Fe to start his own creative business where he offers a wide range of services.

When asked what inspires his artwork he said, "I never know how to answer that question because I am inspired by so many things. A few artists that inspire me today are Cris Wicks, who creates beautiful typographic portraits, Theosone, a lettering artist known for his "calligraffiti" style, and Scott Wiseman, winner of the 2011 Zozobra poster that inspired me to enter this contest."

David’s current interests consist of blacksmithing, calligraphy, and digital illustration. "For me, one of the most enjoyable parts of creating artwork is learning a new style, technique, or form of medium that can allow me express myself in different ways.” In his off time he is either skiing, playing soccer, or enjoying the outdoors.

Inspired by the very concept of Zozobra, David's piece depicts the relationship between the individual and their gloom. The gloom is portrayed by ghostly entities in their last attempt to afflict the soul. In the spirit of the fifties, the individual in this work is characterized by a woman posing in fear, just like the cover of a 1950s horror movie. Zozobra himself has broken free of his shackles; however, it is too late, the fire spirit has already won the battle.

The typography in this piece uses custom typefaces and colors indicative of the 1950s era while helping bring more awareness to the Decades Project.

2017 Poster Artist Darlene Olivia McElroyThe 2017 Official Zozobra Poster was designed by Darlene Olivia McElroy!

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Darlene Olivia McElroy, born and raised in Southern California, is descended from an old New Mexico family of artists and storytellers. She has been deeply influenced by the summers she spent growing up on her family’s ranch in Santa Fe where the rich tapestry of Hispanic life filled the nights and brightly colored the days. Her paternal grandfather, an artist on Catalina Island, exposed her to art as a life style, introduced her to color and the narrative in art.

Her richly textured mixed media paintings reflect the vision of an artist whose involvement with man’s primal origins, sins, and religious conflicts has developed an imagery at once sensuously primitive and startlingly sophisticated. Weaving through textural surfaces, found objects, and rich symbolism, the viewer is drawn into a visual world where color plays the role of an atmospheric veil encompassing the personal myths of the artist. Her colorful paintings can be found in collections and galleries internationally and at La Posada de Santa Fe.

She worked as an illustrator, based in Southern California and in Paris, as an art educator and author. You can find her in her studio surrounded by her 3 dogs early in the mornings and late at night with a smile on her face as she works on the puzzles that are her paintings.

About Zozobra, the artist says, "To create my painting, I dived into my memories of seeing Zozobra when I was a small child and the excitement that was in the air. In the old days, our parents would drive a truck on to the field and the kids would all pile in the back and be awed by the fireworks, the sprites, the groaning and the burning of Zozobra. It was a small town party in those days. My purpose was to recreate that visual excitement and to recreate for a new audience the feeling of those magic moments."

MICHAELThe Evergreen Zozobra Poster was designed by Michael Martinez!

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Artist Michael E. Martinez, in collaboration with his wife Candie Martinez, created the company Michael Martinez Designs in 2016. Michael has been a striving artist for 25+ years. He grew up in Chimayo, NM, where Northern New Mexico culture grows rampant.

Michael creates original works of art, through a variety of media. He specializes in paintings and graphic design. His style and flair represent his past and present experiences, all while keeping his Northern New Mexico values and culture embodied in his work.

Michael has received many awards and accolades for his work, which include the Contemporary Hispanic Market First Time Exhibitor as well as becoming one of Santa Fe’s Zozobra artists. New Mexico Tourism department has also named Michael Martinez Designs New Mexico True Certified in 2017.

Michael Martinez Designs started creating apparel late last year and can be purchased at www.michaelmartinezdesigns.com and is featured at Brotique 505 in Albuquerque, NM. Original art work can be found at Orale Gallery in Toas, NM and Vida Loca Gallery in Santa Fe, NM.

Michael's design for the Evergreen Zozobra Poster is entitled "Big Daddy O’ Gloom." This digital artwork captures the initial stages of the burning of Zozobra with the majestic scenery of the New Mexico evening sky lighting up with fireworks, showcased by using a 1950 color palette to give the feel of a vintage poster.


PatrickFernandez2017 Official Zozobra Premium Ticket Images were created by Patrick Fernandez, Jessica Ortiz and Maya Wright!

Read about our Official Premium Ticket Artist Patrick Ortiz: 

Patrick Fernandez is a native of Southern California who has had a lifelong interest in the visual arts. A graduate of the U. S. Coast Guard Academy, much of Patrick's professional career has been with the military. Since separating from the service in 2016, Patrick completed his MA in Communications from Southern New Hampshire University, and is currently pursuing a professional certificate in digital and web design.  When not engaged in creative pursuits, Patrick enjoys training as a competitive distance runner and has competed in six national and international marathons to date.

This art piece entitled, "Zozobra Rock," was inspired by the iconic music and dance of 1950s America. With a jukebox at its center, the design features two 50s-era dancers 'dancing their worries away' as Zozobra is seen burning in the background. The design also incorporates a rocket as a symbol of the Space Race and science fiction pop culture that were hallmarks of the 1950s. The design relies heavily on dynamic 2-dimensional shapes and silhouettes as a way of giving viewers the opportunity to immerse themselves in the picture and draw their own details using their imaginations. This art piece harnesses the movement, music, and vitality of the era, and aims to inspire people to lace up their dance shoes as they get ready to dance their worries away at the 93rd Burning of Zozobra.


unnamedRead about our Official Premium Ticket Artist Jessica Ortiz:


Jessica Ortiz is a self taught, self proclaimed Lowbrow/Contemporary Artist. She was born and raised in the “City Different”. She likes wandering the Southwest in search of new adventures and is passionately committed to daydreaming.

Drawing inspiration from Sci-Fi Movies, skateboarding/ Roller Derby culture, comics, hot rods, and propelled by the punk rock scene, Jessica’s art has developed into its own unique, unbridled endeavor.  Jessica’s art ranges from mixed media paintings on canvas to large murals. Her works can be found in myriad of public and private art collections in Southern California and Northern New Mexico. Her Zozobra image was inspired by the dark, ominous creatures and high contraast colors found in classic 1950s monster movies.

Read about our Official Premium Ticket Artist Maya Wright: 

IMG_0214My name is Maya Wright, and I'm 14 years old. I live in a small artist town called Madrid, NM. Both on my parents have Masters Degrees in Art ,and I've been working with crayola colored pencils for as long as I can remember. My favorite medium to use is usually acrylic. Whenever I have nothing to do at home, I'm usually up in my room creating a new art piece. Art is something I hope I get to go to college to study, because it really fascinates me with all the different ways you can express yourself through it.

My art piece is made using the media of colored pencil on plain white printer paper. It is based on a 1950's theme for old time ads. The yellow background was trendy in 1950's for artwork, and the shapely woman on his shoulder not only represents a fire dancer, but how popular shapely woman were in the 1950's (like Marilyn Monroe)